Yuvalde, Texas (AB) – Commander at the scene of a shooting at an elementary school in Wolde, TexasA Texas senator said Thursday that there were no reports of panicked 911 calls from students trapped inside the building after the massacre.
Requests for help from those at Rob Elementary School Sen. Said Roland Gutierrez l On May 24 the school did not go to District Police Chief Pete Aradonto. The Democratic senator said that despite calls to the city police, Aradonto was not notified of the “systemic failure”.
“I would especially like to know who is receiving the 911 calls,” Guterres said during a news conference, adding that no individual or company was fully responsible for the killings.
However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
“There was error at all levels, including the legislative level. There is a lot of guilt on Greg Abbott in all of this, ”Guterres said.
The attack killed 19 children and two teachers At Rob Elementary School, the worst school shooting in almost a decade. Seventeen more Were injured. Funeral services for those killed Started this week.
Abbott ordered the state this week He called on the legislature to convene a school district security audit in person and to convene a legislative committee to make recommendations on school and gun safety, mental health and other issues.
The next Texas Assembly session is scheduled for January 2023. Guterres was one of several lawmakers who urged Abbott to call a special session in response to the shooting.
The shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, spent about 80 minutes Inside the school, more than an hour had passed since first officers followed him into the building and he was killed by law enforcement.
Since the shooting, law enforcement and state officials have struggled to provide accurate timelines and details of the event. And how the police responded, sometimes providing conflicting information or withdrawing some reports after a few hours. The state police said some of the accounts were preliminary and could change as more witnesses were interviewed.
Much of the focus has turned to Arredonto. Steven McGrath, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Aradonto believed the situation had turned hostage and had made the “wrong decision” not to order officers to attempt to break into the classroom as 911 calls were coming out.
Guterres said it was not clear if any details from the 911 calls were shared with law enforcement officials of several companies at the scene.
“Wolde PD received 911 calls in 45 minutes, while officers sat in a hallway while 19 officers sat in a hallway for 45 minutes,” Guterres said. “We do not know whether this was reported to those individuals or not.”
But the senator said the state emergency communications commission said the school district police chief was unaware.
“She is the commander in chief. He did not receive 911 calls, ”Guterres said.
Arredondo did not respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press after the attack. The phone message left at the school police headquarters on Thursday did not return immediately.
Waldov Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez and a department spokesman did not respond to AP phone messages and emails seeking comment Thursday.
In 2019, police communication was also a problem A gunman has shot dead seven people and wounded more than two dozen in a shooting in Odessa, Texas. Seth Aaron, 36, called 911 before and after the shooting, but the failure of communication between agents – which did not all run on the same radio channel – slowed down the response, officials said. Attar was able to cross about 10 miles before officers shot him.
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Pleiberg reported from Dallas. Jim Verduno, an Associated Press writer based in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.